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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dayton Daily News feature article

This morning's Sunday paper brought an exciting bit of news to our doorstep. I was delighted to see an article in the Dayton Daily News by literary beat reporter Sharon Short featuring my fourth novel, The Skinny Years.

"Raul says that writers 'have to love the process more than the reward.'" 

Sharon Short is a accomplished author with four titles to her credit including her most recent, My One Square Inch of Alaska.

It is always a pleasure to be recognized close to home. As Mark Twain purportedly said: "An expert is just some fellow from another town."

Surfers, soul brothers, hippies, and thugs — they’re all part of Victor “Skinny” Delgado’s world growing up in Miami during the turbulent 1960s. Fleeing the Castro regime in Cuba, Skinny’s once-wealthy family moves from a mansion in Havana to a roach-infested bungalow in Miami’s low-rent Wynwood district. Over the next ten years the Delgados struggle to survive in this strange new land—a place where fat men in red suits enter your home through the chimney, demons appear at the door begging for candy, and young women go on dates without chaperones. There’s only one constant in Skinny's world as he grows from 8 to 18. He longs in vain for the girl of his dreams: his neighbor Janice Bockman who seems everything American—and everything he’s not.

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